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State your budget! (Set an absolute maximum or give a relative maximum with + x amount if it will be amazingly better).

I have a budget of $100, but would be willing to go over by 20 if the product is worth it.

State your music tastes

I like all kinds of music, but this isn't the reason I am getting new headphones.

State what perks are highly desirable (low impedance, heavy bass, excellent for gaming etc..)

As stated above I am not concerned about this headset being used for music. Primarily I want my new headset to be a great one for gaming. It needs to have a microphone attached, as I have not had any set up in the past that worked well for VOIP gaming. That being said if you can save me some money and know of a way I can manage without a dedicated headset please bring it up! I just want to be heard clearly and be able to hear everything in game well.

State what products you already have and are planning on using with your recommended item (state whether you have an amp if you're looking for headphones with high impedance for example)

The headset I am using is the one alienware gives out. It has a good microphone, but the sound quality sucks for gaming in my opinion. I also have a set of Sennheiser PC280 pros that I like sound quality wise, but do not like that it doesn't have a microphone. This is just to give you an example of where I am currently coming from.

I do not have a dedicated amp, so that is something that needs to be taken into consideration. If you have an amazing headset that is 100 dollars, but it needs an amp to work optimally recommend it, but state that and I'll consider that option when I have more spending money. When I was viewing amps though, purely out of curiosity, they were around 100 dollars. I do not think I would feel comfortable spending 200 dollars on a headset, but I'll remain open to what you guys suggest as always.

State how you are going to use the item (e.g. out-and-about, at the gym, at home, PC / console, gaming, music etc). The more detail in this, the better.

PC gaming. Specifically I play Counter Strike, BF 3 (soon to be 4), World of Warcraft (Usually on a VOIP server while playing), Planetside 2, DOTA 2 and some other games from time to time. Basically, I am all over the board game wise, but need something that will allow me to hear people in games like Counter Strike and also allow me clear VOIP communication in games like World of Warcraft, DOTA and Planetside.

State where you live and offer some sites that are known for having good prices / being reputable so we can help recommend you products in your country's currency (like Amazon or ebay).

I live in the United States. I usually frequent Newegg, Tiger Direct, Amazon, ebay, and any other site where I can find a deal on the product I am looking for.


Looking forward to reading what you guys recommend!
Edited by Lunchbox - 10/14/13 at 11:46am
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I have a AD700 for sale. I'll even throw in a Zalman clip on mic. "Gaming Headsets" are laughable. Pretty lights.

Fits all your criteria, and is considered an entry level audiophile set thats doubles a gaming set.

See my FS thread in Audio.
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SteelSeries Siberia V2 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Full-Size Gaming Headset - Black

SteelSeries Siberia v2 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Full-size Headset - White

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Conclusion

In the past there always seemed to be a tradeoff in the sub-$100 gaming headset maket: either buy a product that faithfully reproduces in-game audio and ditch the need for a built-in microphone or look for an all in one headset but be prepared for lackluster audio and mic reception. SteelSeries’ Siberia V2 changes this equation in a big way by offering the best of both worlds without skimping on quality.

It is always nice to see a product not only live up to exceed the benchmarks set by the previous model and that’s exactly what the V2 does. From sound quality to comfort to flexibility, the V2 surpasses the original Siberia in every way possible.

This headset was built from the ground up to play with some of the big boys in the gaming audio market. Unfortunately this means it displays some resonance and sibilance in high bit rate audio recordings and the bass response just can’t keep up in certain tracks. Nonetheless the Siberia V2’s performance in games was good enough to vastly outstrip its $75-$95 price.

Adaptability is another one of this headset’s strong points. It features a mic which featured excellent, distortion-free communications alongside the ability to be stored inconspicuously within the ear cup. As such, the Siberia V2 is able to act as both portable headphones without attracting too much attention and a gaming headset. The closed cup design also cuts down on incoming and outgoing noise so it is perfectly suited for any environment from a crowded subway to a LAN party.

SteelSeries’ Siberia V2 is targeted towards gamers and this is exactly where it excels. The audio quality may not be up to the standards of the expensive Sennheiser HD 595s but for this niche, it really doesn’t have to be. What we get is good acoustical performance and high levels of comfort at a phenomenal price. What more is there to ask for?
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I'd recommend the Corsair Vengeance 1500 or the Logitech G35. Great quality, sound, comfort, and price.
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